Split Pea Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • Green or yellow split peas – 225 gms
  • Boiling water – 1.25 litres
  • Bacon rashers, rind removed, chopped – 2
  • Onion, finely chopped - 1
  • Celery stick, finely chopped - 1
  • Butter – 15 gms
  • Fennel seed – ½ TeaSpoon
  • Stock – 1 TableSpoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • To garnish : Single cream, Celery leaves (optional)

Preparation Method

    Preparation Time - 10 minutes + soaking | Cooking Time - 40 minutes

    Microwave Setting - Full 100%

  1. Wash the split peas and drain in a strainer. Put into a 2.75 litre (5 pint) bowl with 6ooml (1 pint) boiling water. Stir once, then cover and leave to soak for 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the bacon, onion, celery and butter in a 1.2 litre (2 pints) basin. Cook for 5 minutes or until the peas are soft.
  3. Add the mixture to the split peas and liquid in the large bowl. Stir in the fennel seeds, stock and add 6ooml (1 pint) boiling water.
  4. Three-quarters cover with microwave cling film and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the peas are soft.
  5. Purée the soup in a blender or food processor, return to the large bowl and add the remaining water. Reheat for 3-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Swirl in the cream, add celery leaves and serve.
  7. If the soup is left to stand after cooking, it will thicken, so add a little stock or water when reheating.